Posted by: Carlos Buxton | Mar 3, 2011

PMI Agile Tweet Chat (#pmiagile) – What is Scrum?…

Last night I attended my very first tweet chat! Yeah!!!

It was chaotic, sometimes difficult to keep track of the topic at hand, but I think a very positive steps towards bringing the agile and the PMI communities closer together. PMI is trying to figure out how the project management practice fits within the agile world, and what the role of the PM would be in this evolution.

Here are the questions raised by PMI:

  1. Is agile a standard or guidelines or a philosophy?
  2. How do you know if you are really doing agile…or just waterfall done fast without the value system of agile?
  3. How do you avoid the shiny object syndrome (trying to do Scrum just because it’s popular)?
  4. How do you get a company that is resistant to Scrum to adopt it?
  5. How does a traditional PM establish credibility in an agile crowd? Does the certification do it?
  6. How do you deal with multiple product owners?
  7. How do you deal with having to work on multiple projects at once?
  8. Since many are new to Scrum, what is a Scrum master and how does that differ from a PM or product owner?
  9. How would Scrum work with offshore/geographically dispersed teams?

I am not going to comment on these yet, I have to mull them over a bit, but I am including a link to the tweet chat log that was produced by the PMI Agile CoP here (you’ll have to be a PMI and Agile CoP member to get to it). If you cannot retrieve this file and are interested, never fear drop me a line and the question you are interested in and I can give you a summary.

I’ll be posting my thoughts and some of the most enlightened comments in future blogs as well.

I have to give kudos to PMI for beginning the transformation process to embrace what the rest of us in the agile community have known for a while: agility is not a fad.

*** BIG GRIN ***

Now the fun begins… As a PMP and agilist, I am excited, but I have to wonder if the traditional PM practice can make the necessary changes to its own culture to embrace the flexibility of thought and action that “being” agile requires. There is law and order in our chaos, but change/adaptation is king.



  1. Carlos, thanks for participating in the chat. This was the team’s second tweet chat and working to improve the experience. Thanks for blogging.
    -Don Bolen

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